In its contribution to the socio-economic development, the Chamber
started its Rural Development Programme in the year 1978 in the
cyclone prone and economically backward areas at South 24 Parganas
in Rajarampur Anchal and Kulpi Block. Due to the salinity problem in
the area at that time, only single crop of traditional variety of
paddy was cultivated. There were no other worthwhile income
generating activities for the local population. The socio-economic
of the people of the area has been uplifted by adoption of
innovative irrigation, modern agricultural technology and practices
by the Chamber in the areas. Cultivation of high yielding variety of
paddy in 25 acres of land initially in 1979 has been extended to
40,000 acres in 600 villages of 10 adjacent Blocks. The Chamber
persuaded the farmers to cultivate high yielding, hybrid vegetables
like tomato extensively. The Chamber also imported one lakh
seedlings from South India and distributed the same to a large
number of farmers through associated organisations in the rural
areas. Cultivation of vanilla, pepper and banana was also
encouraged. In fostering the development of agriculture, the Chamber
received assistance and support from BCKV, Horticulture Board,
Coconut Development Board, Spices Board and other similar
Motivated by the progress, a metal road has been laid by the State
PWD and CAPART has financed construction of village roads. West
Bengal State Electricity Board has arranged electrification in the
villages which helped improve quality of the village life.
In healthcare front, the project took up construction of low-cost
toilets for a large number of families with the help of UNICEF,
sinking of tube wells for drinking water and free Homeopathic
medical facilities. An Eye Hospital has also been set up in the area
for outdoor treatment and eye operation regularly.
The Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry conferred an award
to the Chamber in recognition of the valuable contribution made in
the field of rural development.
The project received commendation from far and wide.